The one way system that covers part of the Strand and Aldwych is a multi-lane nightmare of buses, taxis, motorbikes and more, all changing lanes and racing around the heart of the West End. Horrible to cycle round and hectic to walk next to.
Now, Westminster council has put forward a plan to remove the gyratory, creating a new public space. At first glance, this looks great. But scratch the surface and it’s clear, once again, Westminster has dismissed the dangers faced by people cycling here, putting car parking spaces before protected space for cycling.
The current plans expect the 2,000 plus people who cycle through here daily to either mix with multiple lanes of motor traffic around Aldwych, dodging sharply manoeuvring vehicles, or to cut through the proposed pedestrianised section on The Strand – a recipe for conflict between people on foot and bike, the result of which could even be a cycling ban there.
To make this a transformation that works for everyone who walks *and* cycles in the area, Westminster need to provide Dutch-style protected cycle tracks like those on the Embankment through the scheme.
Please click 'Respond directly to Westminster' and submit your response on Westminster's consultation website. This may take a few minutes, but responding this way carries the most weight with the council. If you don't have time for this, you can also click 'Respond by email to Westminster' to quickly send a template response.
For more detail on Westminster’s Strand/ Aldwych plans and LCC’s take on them, click here.